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“Rising from it's dark past”

Quezon Memorial Circle
Ranked #6 of 80 things to do in Quezon City
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This large circular park is a good place to go for a morning walk or jog or simply for stroll. It also has a museum at the center dedicated to the city's founder, Manuel L. Quezon.
Reviewed December 18, 2011

I lived all my life in Quezon City. I've seen this park through it's worst and I like to believe it is now in its best state. In the past, I wouldn't dare go near this park. This used to be a haven for pick-pockets, vagrants and prostitutes.

Times have changed. Under the QC management, I've seen a major facelift and rejuvenation. The iconic monument used to be lit with a dull monotone white light. Now, you see vibrant colors light up the memorial to the great president.

In the past, pick-pockets run here and there. Now, joggers and pet lovers stroll and enjoy the well-lit paths, newly grown flowering plants and fresh air.

In the past, a measly carinderia is the only solution to your hunger. Now, restaurants and weekend tiangge/eatery will cater to your hunger.

In the past, going to the park is a suicide mission since you are crossing the Elliptical Road. Now, 2 underground pass link the outer world to the main park. One can enjoy the photo exhibit in both the underground way from Philcoa and from QC Hall.

In the past, I considered this park hopeless, now I feel optimistic and proud of QC government's steps in making this park family-friendly and a true tourist attraction of the city.

So much to do there: running clinics, dance halls, aerobics during weekends, a newly installed zipline facility, an amusement park, sports facilities and of course the monument, it's museum and the dancing fountain. If I'm not mistaken, there are plans to put up a bigger museum to hold Quezon City artifacts and historical documents.

I gave this attraction an average rating because it is beautiful but not quite "great" yet. I hope for more improvements. There's so much work to be done to make it at par with world-class parks. Hopefully, someday it will.

p.s. Given that this is Quezon City, and Philippines for that matter, security is still an issue. Just like anywhere, never leave valuables unattended. Always report suspected bad elements to authorities who are visible everywhere.

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Reviewed November 6, 2011

Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City is slowly being transformed into a place where young and old alike can have good clean fun.Try going there on weekends and you will find the place come alive with people who just want to relax without spending so much.For those who need to stay healthy, you can either jog or walk around or join the aerobic/taebo sessions.There are dance/exercise sessions as well!If you get hungry, you dont have to look far...food stalls selling cheap food are just nearby..Fresh fruit juices, native delicacies, breakfast combos, regional cuisine and a lot more. To top it all, you can do your shopping right there and then..Clothes for everyone...fresh vegetables and fruits...plants...And, for your little kids, the playgrounds are kid-friendly and safe.New attractions have been added like zipline, boating, water biking...So, try it..a great place for family bonding while you enjoy a glassful of delicious taho and having fun watching people do their own weekend adventure!!

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Reviewed October 25, 2011

To go there I'd prefer the entrance near Philcoa where there's an underground passageway that has a photo exhibit of the story of Quezon City. Otherwise it won't be a scary way to get to the park because of the speeding vehicles.

From the outside it looks left out but once inside it's very spacious. They have a tiangee (or a flea market per se) at the pathway from the underground passageway going to the Quezon Memorial Museum during weekends or on special occasions.

The Quezon Memorial Museum is open for the public five to six days a week from 10am to 4pm.

2  Thank Gabs G
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

There are places you pass by almost everyday and just never think of visiting and the Quezon Memorial Circle is one of those. I pass by this place whenever I go to UP or the new Hub, until my daughter suggested that we watch a show one late afternoon in May. It was also a good time to see the KmO - a Photo & Video Exhibit in Quezon Memorial sponsored by FrancoPhil and the Quezon City Govt.(May-June 2011). The show featured Photos of the last tatooed women of Kalinga by Jake Versoza, colorful and creative photographs of costumed ladies of the Sinulog Fiesta taken by Charles Freger and a video by Raya Martin. We were also introduce to the Quezon Memorial Circle which is lovely at night - the memorial was awashed in different lights, a lighted & musical fountain, people just enjoying the park and lots of food and drinks in stalls too! Even if the Art show has come to an end, it's still worth visiting. Go after sunset, when the place is cool and refreshing! Bring the kids and the pets, our 2 dogs enjoyed the place and it's pet-friendly.
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